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What is a Good Score in CMAT 2021?

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaPublished On: March 01, 2021 | CMAT

What is a good score in CMAT? This is something which concerns many CMAT aspirants. Check this article to know what is a good score in CMAT and how to get it. 

Good Score in CMAT 2021

CMAT is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted every year for admission in top B Schools of India. The exam is conducted in online mode by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The total duration of the CMAT exam is 180 minutes. Since the difficulty level of the exam is not so high, there is a large competition among the aspirants to score well in the CMAT exam. In this article, we have provided details about what can be a good score in the CMAT exam. Candidates who are appearing for the exam are advised to check this article to get an idea about a good score in CMAT to ensure admission in good MBA college.

What is the CMAT Score?

CMAT score is the sum of marks scored by the candidates in each section of the CMAT exam. It is the key to get selected for the CMAT selection process. The scores of the CMAT exam are calculated using the marking scheme decided by the conducting body. Provided below are some of the important factors that affect the final scores of the CMAT examination.

  • Number of Correct Answers in CMAT

  • Number of Incorrect Answers in CMAT

  • Negative Marking

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CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

The question paper of CMAT will be divided into four sections. Those who are applying for Innovation & Entrepreneurship need to attend an additional section. Each section will carry 25 questions. The table provided below will help you understand the detailed exam pattern as well as the marking scheme of CMAT 2021 examination.

Name of the Section

Total Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Marking Scheme

General Awareness


100 marks

+4 Marks for each correct answer

-1 Marks for each incorrect answer

Logical Reasoning


100 marks

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation


100 marks

Language Comprehension


100 marks

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)25100 marks


100 +25 questions

400 + 100 marks

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What is CMAT Percentile?

CMAT Percentile denotes the percentage of candidates who have scored less than the candidate in CMAT exam. The percentile of the candidate is calculated using his rank in the CMAT exam.  The formula to calculate the CMAT percentile is provided below.

Percentile P = 100 x Number of candidates appeared in the examination with raw marks equal to or less than the candidate/Total number of candidates appeared

The percentile of the candidate can also be calculated using the formula provided below.

P = ( (N - your rank)/ N) x 100

Here N is the total number of test-takers appeared for the exam.

Also Read: CMAT Score vs Percentile Analysis 2021

What is a Good Score in CMAT?

Candidates who are targeting the top MBA colleges such as Christ University Institute of Management, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar and IMT Nagpur should try to score at least 300 marks out of 400. They should note that the cutoff of CMAT will vary from college to college so they should check the previous years’ CMAT cutoff of that college to get an idea about what score they should obtain to get admission in that particular college. Check the table provided below to know the expected percentile vs score of CMAT 2021.

CMAT Score(Out of 400)

Expected Percentile







How to Get a Good Score in CMAT?

Candidates who are appearing for the CMAT exam are advised to follow good preparation strategy to score good score in CMAT. They should check the syllabus of CMAT exam to know all the important topics that can be covered in the exam. Apart from this, they are also advised to solve the maximum number of CMAT mock test papers as well as previous years’ questions papers to get an idea about the exam structure. 

CMAT 2021 Preparation Strategies

MBA/ PGDM Colleges Accepting CMAT 2021

Provided below are some well known MBA/ PGDM colleges in India that accept CMAT scores.




NSHM Knowledge Campus


INR 2.12 Lacs

Jaipuria Institute of Management


INR 4.1 Lacs

IIHMR University


INR 4.2 Lacs

Goa Institute of Management


INR 8.18 Lacs

Lovely Professional University


INR 2.15 Lacs

O.P. Jindal Global University


INR 5.5 Lacs

Institute of Technology & Science


INR 1.61 Lacs

Candidates who are interested in admission to any of the colleges listed below may fill our Common Application Form. Besides this, those who have any doubts regarding the CMAT exam may ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone.

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Which colleges accept CMAT scores?

CMAT scores are accepted by many well-known B-Schools such as Birla Institute of Technology, Alliance School of Business, Gitam School of International Business and KIIT School of Management.

What is CMAT percentile?

CMAT percentile is the percentage of students who have scored less than the candidate. The percentile of the candidate is dependent on his rank.

Is 310 a good score in CMAT?

Yes, 310 is a good score in CMAT exam. With 300 marks you will be able to get admission in many well known MBA colleges such as NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata and ITM Navi Mumbai.

What are the maximum marks in CMAT exam?

CMAT exam is of 400 marks. Each section of CMAT is of 100 marks.

How CMAT scores are calculated?

CMAT scores are calculated using the marking scheme of CMAT. As per the marking scheme, four marks will be awarded for each correct answer while one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.


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